Homework is work assigned by the teacher to be done outside of the classroom that reinforces concepts taught, prepares students for future assignments, assists in the integration of knowledge and skills learned, and provides an opportunity to work creatively. The School Committee recognizes that a reasonable amount of study and preparation outside of the school day is necessary for the scholastic growth of students. Meaningful homework assignments accelerates academic performance and builds college and career readiness.

Homework may be given in all subjects at all levels. Subject area and grade levels influence the type of assignment given and impact the nature and expectation of assignments. Homework should not be assigned routinely but instead should be purposeful and linked to academic outcomes. In general, the amount of homework increases with increasing grade levels. Although the quantity of homework may vary daily, the following guidelines provide expectations to teachers, students, and parents about the quantity of homework expected. Beyond the assigned homework, it is strongly recommended that a portion of a student’s leisure time be spent reading or, at the elementary level, being read to by an adult.

K-Grade 2: Students may be asked to finish papers, practice math facts and problems, or read independently. Time spent on homework should be less than 20 minutes.

Grades 3-5: Formal homework is introduced in grade 3. Students may be assigned between 30 minutes (3rd grade) and 50 minutes (5th grade) of homework, including study time, daily.

Grades 6-8: The total amount of homework for all lasses may average 60 to 80 minutes daily, including study time. Students taking advanced classes may have additional homework assigned, not to exceed a total of 90 minutes daily average. Homework may include assignments and readings done over several days. During the middles school years, students must become responsible for managing their time.

Grades 9-12: In high school, the quantity of homework varies with subject and level. Homework for AP courses may average between 45 minutes to an hour each day for each course. Homework in other courses may average between 15 minutes to a half hour each day. Ideally, teachers should provide a homework assignment calendar or detailed syllabus so that students can manage their time by doing homework prior to its due date to accommodate their extra-curricular schedules.

At any level, homework assignments will not be punitive in nature and, instead, should be purposeful and beneficial. While such learning experiences should be both rigorous and relevant, they should also be able to be completed independently.

Teachers are responsible for communicating how homework weighs in to the student’s overall grade. Recognizing that some students’ home environments may limit their ability to do homework, in no case should homework grades disproportionately cause students to fail. Ultimately, grades should be a measure of a child’s attainment of academic expectations. Teachers have the responsibility to notify parents when students’ homework performance falls below an appropriate level.

Homework should be allowed to be made-up and, generally, teachers should allow students one day for each day out to make up missed assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missing assignments upon the return to school. Students are responsible to make special arrangements with the teacher in cases of extended illness or absence.

Parents who show an active interest in their child’s academic work at home as well as in school reinforce the positive value of education. While the amount of independence students may demonstrate regarding homework increases as the student progresses through the grades the following suggestions for parents may help establish good homework habits:
  1. Inform the teacher if the student is encountering continued difficulty with homework
  2. Create a home environment that provides a suitable place for study which is well lit and quiet
  3. Provide necessary materials such as notebook or plan book to write down and complete assignments
  4. Designate a specific time period each day that fits your family schedule and your child’s temperament. Should the assigned homework take less than the recommended time, the student should use the remaining time for school related activities such as reading, previewing text chapters, reviewing text chapters, math/science activities, etc.
  5. Check to see if homework assignments are complete, done neatly, and submitted on time
  6. Assist students to choose a “drop spot” at home for finished homework and anything that has to be returned to school
  7. Encourage and support student efforts to complete the assignments. Parents are not expected to play a formal, instructional role; rather, they should provide advice and reasonable assistance.
  8. Plan vacations during school vacation time. Attendance matters.

ADOPTED: Prior to 2013
REVISED: April 12, 2016